Nurse shark on Belize Barrier Reef - Belize
Best places to visit in Belize: Our pick #1

Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Barrier Reef is a stunning natural wonder located off the coast of Belize in Central America. Stretching over 190 miles (300 kilometres), it is the second-largest coral reef system in the world, surpassed only by Australia's Great Barrier Reef. This vibrant and diverse ecosystem is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, colourful coral formations, and an incredible array of marine life. Home to over 500 species of fish, an abundance of coral species, and various marine creatures, including sea turtles, sharks, rays, and manatees. It offers a haven for divers and snorkelers who come from all over the globe to explore its underwater beauty and biodiversity. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this reef system is not only a natural marvel but also plays a crucial role in protecting Belize's coastline from erosion and providing a vital habitat for marine species. It is a top destination for ecotourism and marine conservation efforts, drawing visitors and researchers alike to appreciate and safeguard this extraordinary marine treasure.

Xunantunich - Belize
Best places to visit in Belize: Our pick #2


Xunantunich, situated in the lush jungles of Belize, is an ancient Maya archaeological site that beckons travellers and history enthusiasts alike. This remarkable site is renowned for its awe-inspiring architecture, historical significance, and its captivating blend of nature and culture. At the heart of Xunantunich stands El Castillo, a grand pyramid that soars approximately 130 feet (40 meters). This imposing structure was once used for ceremonial purposes and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Belizean landscape from its summit. Visitors can climb to the top and imagine the rituals that took place here over a thousand years ago. The site's structures, plazas, and ball courts provide valuable insights into the daily life and societal structure of this ancient civilization. Touring this archaeological gem is a captivating journey through time, offering a deeper understanding of the region's past and the enduring legacy of the Maya people.

Caye Caulker - Belize - On The Go Tours
Best places to visit in Belize: Our pick #3

Caye Caulker

If Belize is a tropical paradise then our best wordsmiths can’t think of a way to describe Caye Caulker, they need to invent a new one! This tiny speck of an island is located off the coast of the mainland and within easy distance to the Belize Barrier Reef. Measuring just 5 miles from north to south and less than 1 mile across, Caye Caulker is split in two by a narrow channel known as ‘The Split’, which is home to one of the most famous bars in Central America. The northern part of the island a protected wildlife sanctuary, home to a myriad of birdlife and dense mangroves. The southern part of the island is where the 2,000 residents live and is home to the tourism infrastructure so popular with visitors.

Blue Hole - Belize
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Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole, nestled in the heart of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Belize, is an iconic natural wonder and one of the most renowned dive sites on the planet. This enormous underwater sinkhole, measuring approximately 1,000 feet (305 meters) in diameter and over 400 feet (125 meters) deep, is a captivating spectacle that beckons adventurers from around the world. What makes the Great Blue Hole truly extraordinary is its deep blue hue, which sharply contrasts with the surrounding turquoise waters. This mesmerizing phenomenon is a result of the hole's unique geological formation, with its limestone walls encrusted with colourful corals and teeming with marine life. Explorers are rewarded with a breathtaking underwater realm, featuring intricate stalactites, submerged caves, and an abundance of diverse marine species. It's a mecca for divers seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Above water, the nearby Lighthouse Reef Atoll provides a pristine setting for relaxation and exploration. The Great Blue Hole is a testament to the beauty and mysteries of the natural world, a true gem that continues to captivate and inspire those fortunate enough to witness its splendour.

Cahal Pech - Belize
Best places to visit in Belize: Our pick #5

Cahal Pech

Cahal Pech, perched atop a hill overlooking the charming town of San Ignacio, and surrounded by verdant vegetation, is a captivating archaeological site that offers a window into the ancient Maya civilization. Meaning "Place of Ticks" in the Maya language, Cahal Pech is a testament to the rich history and culture of the region. This ancient Maya city dates to the Classic Period (approximately 600-800 AD) and consists of over 30 structures, including temples, plazas, and residential buildings. Among its most notable features is the Pyramid of the Sun, a prominent temple that provides panoramic views of the surrounding jungle and the Belize River Valley, making it an excellent vantage point for appreciating the site's strategic location. Cahal Pech offers a glimpse into the daily life of the Maya people, with well-preserved ball courts, ceremonial platforms, and intricately carved stelae. The site's architecture and carvings reveal the Maya's advanced understanding of mathematics, astronomy, and artistry.

Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve - San Ignacio - Belize
Best places to visit in Belize: Our pick #6

San Ignacio

San Ignacio serves as a gateway to countless natural and cultural wonders. This bustling hub, set along the banks of the Macal River, blends the authenticity of a traditional Belizean town with a lively atmosphere that beckons travellers from all over the world. San Ignacio is a popular stop for travellers, boasting close proximity to lush rainforests, pristine rivers, and ancient Mayan sites. The town itself is a treasure trove of culture and history. Its colourful streets are lined with local markets, quaint cafes, and vibrant street art. Visitors can immerse themselves in Belizean cuisine, featuring flavours influenced by Maya, Mestizo, and Garifuna cultures. San Ignacio's warm and welcoming community adds to its allure, making travellers feel right at home. It's a place where you can explore, relax, and experience the true essence of Belize, all while being surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the country's interior. On our tours in Belize, we stay in a rainforest lodge on the banks of the Macal River near the town. Here we explore the rainforest, ride canoes down the river, and relax and enjoy the tropical gardens of the lodge.

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